History Webcomic / NoNeedForBushido

4th Mar '17 10:07:10 PM TheWanderer
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A webcomic set in feudal Japan that starts out with an ArrangedMarriage, moves to RebelliousPrincess and RescueRomance, then CharacterMagneticTeam. By the time they've gotten to the major showdowns, the team consists of:

'''Yorikiro Wataro''' ('''Yori'''), our Hero, son of the most hated man in Japan. A bit of a [[TheDitz ditz]] sometimes, but his [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass heart is in the right place]].

'''Ina Senshin''', our Heroine, a strong-willed and loud-mouthed girl. When she gets her way, it's often because she bullied her teammates into obeying her.

'''Cho Teko''', a blind Taoist priest. Comes off as a CloudCuckooLander by spouting [[IceCreamKoan Ice Cream Koans]]. Has a bit of a running gag about misreading the gender of any new character who comes near the team.

'''Kenta Daisuke''' or Ken, the guy with the huge sword. Enjoys sake and Kabuki plays. TheBigGuy who's motivated by revenge for his clan, which got massacred by people apparently working for Yori's father.

Of the above, only Ina can't hold her own in combat, although lately she's proved to be an amazing strategist. But while Cho and Kenta are competent whenever they fight, Yori's plans often get derailed through his own idiocy or forgetfulness (as in "Oh, I totally forgot that I ''broke my sword'' last fight"), though he has recently taken out the second member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.

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A webcomic set in feudal Japan that Japan, the plot starts out with a princess looking to escape an ArrangedMarriage, moves ArrangedMarriage to RebelliousPrincess the son of an infamous warlord. Almost as soon as she runs away from home, she stumbles upon a group of bandits, and RescueRomance, then CharacterMagneticTeam.is saved (well, ''sort of'' saved) by a kind if ditzy young samurai. Turns out the young man is the same guy that she was supposed to marry, and he too has fled his clan, albeit for slightly different reasons.

As tensions between their clans rise, the two start encountering all sorts of weird characters who will have their roles to play in upcoming events.
By the time they've gotten to the major showdowns, the team consists of:

* '''Yorikiro Wataro''' ('''Yori'''), our Hero, son of the most hated man warlord in Japan. A bit of a [[TheDitz ditz]] sometimes, sometimes and often naive and overly idealistic, but his heart is in the right place, and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass heart is in he's much more capable than one would guess from the right place]].

surface]].
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'''Ina Senshin''', our Heroine, a strong-willed and loud-mouthed girl. When she gets her way, it's often because she bullied her teammates into obeying her.

her. She tends to be the OnlySaneMan and the brains of the operation.
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'''Cho Teko''', a blind Taoist priest. Comes off as a CloudCuckooLander by due to endlessly spouting [[IceCreamKoan Ice Cream Koans]]. An absolute master of kung fu despite both his blindness and general obliviousness. Has a bit of a several running gag gags, including one about misreading the gender of any new character who comes near he meets, and another about how the team.

world will end after a blind Taoist, a Hindu, and a cleric walk into a bar together.
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'''Kenta Daisuke''' or Ken, the guy with the huge sword. Enjoys sake and sake, Kabuki plays. plays, and beating people up for money, or just for laughs. TheBigGuy who's motivated by revenge for his clan, which used to be a rival to the Wataro clan but got massacred by people apparently working for Yori's father.

father when Ken was a child.

Of the above, only Ina can't hold her own in combat, although lately she's proved herself to be an amazing excellent strategist. But while Cho and Kenta are competent whenever Which is a good thing for the group, because they fight, Yori's plans often need all the help they can get derailed through his own idiocy or forgetfulness (as in "Oh, I totally forgot that I ''broke my sword'' last fight"), though he has recently taken out as they try to prevent a war and survive clashing with a squad of powerful assassins. Not to mention the second member ninja mercenaries, kung fu priests, genocidal warlords, gun toting armies, a prophecy about the end of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
world, and worst of all, dynastic politics.
28th Jan '17 6:59:51 PM TheWanderer
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army come sin handy, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to repulse the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Ricardo about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army come sin handy, helps save the villagers and the main protagoists, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to repulse stall the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Ricardo about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns.guns. He's a valuable ally, but nobody in the cast actually cares for him.



* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did Hirotomo plan to have Masuhiro assassinated right after Yori and Ina's marriage so Yori would inherit control of the Senshin clan, but there are subtle hints that [[spoiler:he wants Yori to defeat the Demons of Sorrow, presumably to toughen Yori up and turn him into a better heir. See [[http://nn4b.com/comic/110 here]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/657 here]].]]

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* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did Hirotomo plan to have Masuhiro assassinated right after Yori and Ina's marriage so Yori would inherit control of the Senshin clan, but there are subtle hints that [[spoiler:he wants Yori to defeat the Demons of Sorrow, presumably to toughen Yori up and turn him into a better more suitable heir. See [[http://nn4b.com/comic/110 here]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/657 here]].here]], and put that together with [[http://nn4b.com/comic/174 Tadashi's statement]] that Hirotomo specifically ordered the Demons of Sorrow to attack Yori one at a time.]]



* MookChivalry: Played straight and subverted by the Demons of Sorrow. Ryoku attacks first, in a (mostly) fair duel. Then Uso announces that he's going to try next, so you expect another one-on-one. But when they finally confront Yori, all three of them attack at once. [[spoiler: Subverted again when it turns out that the other two Demons are just hallucinations, and Uso is the only real one]].

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* MookChivalry: Played straight and subverted by Enforced with the Demons of Sorrow. Ryoku attacks first, in a (mostly) fair duel. Then Uso announces An offhand comment that he's going they were specifically ordered to try next, so you expect another one-on-one. But attack Yori one at a time by Hirotomo. This appeared to be subverted when they finally confront Yori, all three a group of them attack at once. [[spoiler: Subverted again when attacked Yori once during the War arc, [[spoiler:but it turns out that two of the other two Demons are just hallucinations, and Uso is the only real one]].one really there]].
12th Jan '17 5:46:44 PM TheWanderer
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** In strip 102, Cho compares Ina to an elephant sitting on a fence. Fast forward to 647, and when Ina finally ends the WillTheyOrWontThey game with Yori, and Cho makes a CallBack to it.

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** In strip 102, Cho compares Ina to an elephant sitting on a fence. fence, and Yori tried to make analogies about ways that he could get Ina to land on his side. Cho, however, discouraged Yori from doing so, saying that doing so would only push Ina away. Fast forward to 647, and when shortly after Ina finally ends ended the WillTheyOrWontThey game with Yori, Yori of her own volition, and Cho makes a CallBack to it.his earlier comment, saying that "the pachyderm that jumps unprompted lands most gracefully."


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* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did Hirotomo plan to have Masuhiro assassinated right after Yori and Ina's marriage so Yori would inherit control of the Senshin clan, but there are subtle hints that [[spoiler:he wants Yori to defeat the Demons of Sorrow, presumably to toughen Yori up and turn him into a better heir. See [[http://nn4b.com/comic/110 here]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/657 here]].]]
9th Jan '17 9:25:24 PM TheWanderer
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* MasterOfIllusion: Uso induces illusions through hitting his enemies with a poison creating the affected's worst fears...until the poison gets worse and makes them see a platoon of Usos attacking them.

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* MasterOfIllusion: Uso induces illusions through hitting his enemies with a poison creating the affected's worst fears... until the poison gets worse and makes them see a platoon of Usos attacking them.


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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Male ninja in the Izama ninja clan are generally mooks. Sometimes more talented than the average mook, but still mooks. Its most dangerous and badass members, and of course its leader, are all women.


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* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: The ambitions of the Wataro clan under Hirotomo, as well as their enthusiasm in embracing firearms, somewhat brings to mind the real life Oda clan under UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.


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* SuperSpeed: Tadashi's [[http://nn4b.com/comic/143 movements]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/674 iaijutsu abilities]] are fast enough to qualify for this.
* SuperStrength: A number of characters.
** In his prime, Genchu was known for routinely cutting through the swords of his opponents. A flashback from Yori shows Genchu killing two men with a single swing while also cutting through both of their blades.
** The artwork pretty clearly shows that Nataku has some version of this.
** Ken is a more downplayed example than the two above, but being able to carry and swing his gigantic zanbatou as easily and quickly as he does shows just how strong he must be.
** It's somewhat unclear if it's physical strength or mystical Tao abilities, but Cho and the Wu Tang brothers are able to send people flying with a punch, knock over trees, or create a mini earthquake by stomping a foot.
** While it's pure RuleOfFunny and a one time gag, what else could you call "Ninja lifts Mt. Fuji"?
9th Jan '17 9:01:57 PM TheWanderer
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* VicariouslyAmbitious: Ryoku states that the reason he stopped being Eijiro's bodyguard, joined the Demons of Sorrow, and is chomping at the bit to kill Yori is because he wants Yori to personally ensure that Eijiro will be guaranteed to be the heir to the clan.

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* VicariouslyAmbitious: Ryoku states that the reason he stopped being Eijiro's bodyguard, joined the Demons of Sorrow, and is chomping at the bit to kill Yori is because he wants Yori to personally ensure that Eijiro will be guaranteed to be the heir to the clan.
9th Jan '17 8:51:09 PM TheWanderer
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* BrickJoke: [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=124 "Ninja lifts]] [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=313 Mount Fuji"]]

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=124 "Ninja lifts]] [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=313 Mount Fuji"]]Fuji"]]
** In strip 102, Cho compares Ina to an elephant sitting on a fence. Fast forward to 647, and when Ina finally ends the WillTheyOrWontThey game with Yori, and Cho makes a CallBack to it.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army come sin handy, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to repulse the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Roberto about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army come sin handy, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to repulse the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Roberto Ricardo about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns.



* MasterSwordsman: Any number of them. Genchu used to be top dog with Hirotomo on almost the same level, but the wounds the two gave each in their duel may mean that neither is in the top tier anymore. (Genchu's arm wound in particular appears to be a CareerEndingInjury, and his encounter with Nataku shows that he's not as good as he used to be.) Tadashi may be the top active swordsman at the moment. Yori, who's had the benefit of training under both Genchu and Tadashi, (and who Tadashi mentioned had showed great potential) is a rung or two down from the top level but he does pretty well for himself.



* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Tadashi has a very strong reputation for this and while he mostly follows it, he has sometimes used his reputation to get away with certain things that would go against Hirotomo's orders when there were no witnesses around, the most notable being [[spoiler:sparing Genchu's life.]]



* SmartBall: Eijiro may have a lot to learn about politics, PlausibleDeniability, the importance of having a casus belli for war, or the dangers of a mercenary group like the Izuma ninja clan using ExactWords against you, but he has his moments. He immediately sees through the Senshin clan attempting to hide Ina's disappearance, and he is quickly able to figure out how to work Ricardo's guns and also how to best use them in battle.



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9th Jan '17 5:48:44 PM TheWanderer
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* CerebusSyndrome: While the humor and fun never leaves, the comic started off as a very lighthearted AffectionateParody, later it becomes concerned with things like Machiavellian plots and counter plots, politics, the wiping out of entire clans, etc.



* FromBadToWorse: The village battle. [[spoiler: Fujio died, the villagers were massacred, Purple Samurai was mortally wounded, Ina was breaking down, and Cho was beaten by the two Demons of Sorrow who only ''just'' appeared]]. As it turns out, [[spoiler: most, if not all of this was seen by Yori, who at that point was under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug. Later comics confirmed that Ina, Cho and Murasaki at least, were all fine and kicking ass. Fujio was also fine, but not kicking any ass. Of the three Demons of Sorrow, only one was actually there, and Yori killed him]].

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army come sin handy, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to repulse the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Roberto about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns.
* FromBadToWorse: The Subverted during the village battle. [[spoiler: It appears that Fujio died, the villagers were massacred, Purple Samurai Maru was mortally wounded, Ina was breaking down, and Cho was beaten by the two Demons of Sorrow who only ''just'' appeared]]. appeared. As it turns out, [[spoiler: most, if not all of this was all being seen by through the eyes of Yori, who at that point was under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug. Later comics confirmed that Ina, Cho and Murasaki at least, were all fine and kicking ass. Fujio was also fine, but not kicking any ass. Of the three Demons of Sorrow, only one was actually there, and Yori killed him]].drug.


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* GoodOldWays: General Tanaka is sure that guns pose no real danger to his army because of the long time they need to reload, which he's sure will allow his men to get close enough to cut down the riflemen. He's overlooking the strategic ways they could be used, such as by targeting enemy commanders, and creating a DecapitatedArmy, as Eijiro appears to be planning.
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* TokenEvilTeammate: Ken is this for the good guys. He's not straight up evil, but being a bully, a jerkass, and consistently intimidating merchants and robbing random people, not to mention [[BloodKnight what]] [[MookHorrorShow happens]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he gets to fight the Wataro soldiers]] puts him ''very'' low on the scale of anti heroes.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Tadashi and General Atsumori are in this position for the Wataro clan, being about the only Wataro members shown besides Yori himself who aren't evil, jerkasses, or bloodthirsty warmongers.
** Tadashi is a NobleTopEnforcer who, like many fictional samurai, is caught between his loyalty to lord and clan and disapproving of the orders of his lord and the direction of his clan. Like many samurai, he resolves this by usually maintaining a front of MyMasterRightOrWrong, but where he can, making small choices for the greater good of his lord/clan, such as [[spoiler:secretly sparing Genchu.]]
** Atsumori is an honorable OnlySaneMan who prefers peace to war and is desperately trying to preserve the honor of the clan. When ordered to go to war he tries to do so in a way to minimize bloodshed on all sides, as opposed to the approach of General Nataku, who it's strongly hinted would go straight into RapePillageAndBurn writ large.


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* VicariouslyAmbitious: Ryoku states that the reason he stopped being Eijiro's bodyguard, joined the Demons of Sorrow, and is chomping at the bit to kill Yori is because he wants Yori to personally ensure that Eijiro will be guaranteed to be the heir to the clan.
9th Jan '17 4:18:07 PM TheWanderer
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* FourIsDeath: the Four Demons of Sorrow, Hirotomo Wataro's elite soldiers. [[spoiler:They're more like the Two Demons of Sorrow now, though]].
* FourStarBadass: Nataku, whose such a badass that... you know that [[{{BFS}} enormous thing]] Ken swings around? Nataku clashes with it head-on with his fairly normal sword, and from that position '''''[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=467 overpowers Ken causing his BFS fly out of his hands]]'''''. The visual effects make it clear that Nataku has some sort of SuperStrength.

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* FiveBadBand: The main players in the Wataro clan.
** TheBigBad: Hirotomo Wataro, head of the clan, and possibly the most feared and despised warlord in Japan.
** TheDragon: Tadashi, Hirotomo's NobleTopEnforcer, MasterSwordsman, and head of the secret assassin group The Demons of Sorrow.
** TheEvilGenius: General Atsumori, TheStrategist of the Wataro Clan's military, and apparently the only general in the clan who thinks in terms of solid strategy, tactics, and the long term benefit of the clan. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he underestimated the ruthlessness of Nataku and turned his back on his fellow general at the worst possible moment...]]
** TheBrute: General Nataku, a BloodKnight FourStarBadass with SuperStrength whose combat philosophy amounts to AttackAttackAttack
** TheDarkChick Eijiro Wataro, Hirotomo's younger son and a pint-sized SmugSnake and somewhat NaiveNewcomer who contrasts the experience and competence of the other four members.
* FourIsDeath: the The Four Demons of Sorrow, Hirotomo Wataro's elite soldiers. [[spoiler:They're more like the Two Demons of Sorrow now, though]].
* FourStarBadass: Nataku, whose who is such a badass that... you know that [[{{BFS}} enormous thing]] Ken swings around? Nataku clashes with it head-on with his fairly normal sword, and from that position '''''[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=467 overpowers Ken causing his BFS fly out of his hands]]'''''. The visual effects make it clear that Nataku has some sort of SuperStrength.



* IaijutsuPractitioner: While Yori and Ryoku participated in a QuickDraw duel at the end of their fight, thus far the apparent master of this art is Tadashi, [[http://nn4b.com/comic/674 who can apparently draw his sword, strike a dozen times, and resheathe it in a single panel]] without the blade ever being visible.



* InTheBack: How Nataku[[spoiler: kills Atsumori.]]

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* InTheBack: How Nataku[[spoiler: kills Nataku [[spoiler:kills Atsumori.]]


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* TheLostLenore: Flashbacks imply [[spoiler:that Hirotomo's wife was this to him, and it was her death (or possibly murder) that served as his CynicismCatalyst.]]


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* TragicVillain: Flashbacks have implied [[spoiler:that none other than Hirotomo is one. As a young man he was an idealist who made peace between his clan and their longtime rivals, but something (implied to be the loss of his wife and framing the rival clan for her death) went horribly wrong and changed him into the cynical, ruthless, and paranoid man he is today.]]
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** Cho's this too; you don't really expect the CloudCuckoolander who spouts IceCreamKoans to be a master martial artist who can cause a mini earthquake by putting his foot down.

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** Cho's this too; you don't really expect the CloudCuckoolander who spouts IceCreamKoans {{Ice Cream Koan}}s to be a master martial artist who can cause a mini earthquake by putting his foot down.
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